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Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez should have been sent off

23 Jan 2010 20:55:12

Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez should have been sent off

Sir Alex Ferguson has stoked the fires before the biggest Manchesterderby during his 24 years at Old Trafford by claiming that his formerstriker, Carlos Tevez, should have been sent off in last week's CarlingCup semi-final first leg. Ferguson claimed Tevez, who switched allegiance from ManchesterUnited to neighbours City in controversial circumstances last summer,should have seen red for an 'over-the-top' tackle on Wes Brown. Accusation: Gary Neville points a finger at Carlos Tevez  Wayne Rooney's fantastic four puts United back on top of the Premier LeagueLiverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City on alert as Guus Hiddink is clear to returnManchester Utd 4 Hull City 0: Four-some Rooney sends United back to the top of the table MANCHESTER UNITED FC: All the latest news from across the webMANCHESTER CITY FC: All the latest news from across the webA red card during City's 2-1 victory would have seen Tevez banned for three matches, including the second leg on Wednesday. The United manager's comments will add to a frenzied atmosphere at Old Trafford, with City chief executive Garry Cook not helping by boasting that his club are about to become 'the biggest and best in the world'. Told that the Football Association were actively trying to calm feelings between the clubs and their supporters, Ferguson said: 'Is that their domain? It is the League Cup, bloody hell.' Controversial: City's Carlos Tevez With both clubs being urged by the FA not to inflame a potentially explosive second leg, United officials later tried to persuade reporters to treat Ferguson's comments as 'off the record'. Tevez, who scored both goals in City's first leg victory, is certain to be a key figure in Wednesday's game and can expect a hostile reception from home fans. He called United captain Gary Neville a 'moron' and a 'boot-licker' last week after Neville made a one-fingered gesture towards him while he was celebrating his first goal. But Ferguson made it clear last night he holds the Argentine responsible for any ill-feeling surrounding the tie. 'Tevez should have been sent off,' said Ferguson. 'Have you seen that tackle? He went over the top of the ball.' City defender Dedryck Boyatta, who made his debut in the first leg, defended Tevez for the way he celebrated his goals by cupping his hand to his ear, a gesture interpreted as a message to Ferguson and United. Boyatta said: 'I would have done the same if people had been talking about me like that. Neville said United were right not to buy Tevez but I don't think so because Carlos is one of the top scorers in the Premier League.' United may be Carling Cup holders but Ferguson insisted that Sunday's Premier League game against title rivals Arsenal is more important.  Wayne Rooney's fantastic four puts United back on top of the Premier LeagueLiverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City on alert as Guus Hiddink is clear to returnManchester Utd 4 Hull City 0: Four-some Rooney sends United back to the top of the table MANCHESTER UNITED FC: All the latest news from across the webMANCHESTER CITY FC: All the latest news from across the web


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